A young Jack Rutter was first inspired to be a professional footballer by watching Eric Cantona on TV. At the age of 18 he was signed to Birmingham City FC and was on the verge of signing as a professional when he was knocked to the ground and suffered brain damage as a consequence. The incident forced his retirement from professional football in 2010.
A visit to the Headway charity in 2012 led to his discovery of football 7-a-side and Jack was inspired to get more involved after watching the London 2012 Paralympics.
In acknowledgement of his leadership skills, Jack captained the England team at the 2014 CPISRA European Championships in Maia, Portugal where the team finished in 5th place. The following year, he led the England team to a 5th place finish which resulted in their qualification for Rio 2016.
On his Paralympic debut Jack helped the ParalympicsGB side to secure a fifth-place finish. Bronze medallists Brazil and gold medallists Ukraine were the only two teams to beat them in the tournament.
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